26 Jul Premier League: Watford and Bournemouth relegated as Aston Villa survive | UK News
Watford and Bournemouth have been relegated from the Premier League on a dramatic final day of the season.
Aston Villa, who were seven points from safety earlier this month. have survived, finishing a point above the bottom three after a 1-1 draw with West Ham.
Watford, who have had four managers this season, were beaten 3-2 by Arsenal while Bournemouth beat Everton 3-1.
Both sides have had five years in the top division of English football, but now join Norwich, who were already down, in returning to the Championship next season.
Chelsea confirmed they will play in the lucrative Champions League next season after a 2-0 over Wolves meant they finished fourth.
Manchester United join them in European football’s premier competition after winning 2-0 at Leicester City, who finish fifth, despite spending much of the season in the top four.
Leicester will play in next season’s Europa League along with Tottenham and Wolves, who finished sixth and seventh respectively.
Arsenal will take Wolves’ place in the competition, however, if they beat Chelsea in Saturday’s FA Cup final.
Champions Liverpool finished 18 points ahead of Manchester City after beating Newcastle 3-1, while City thrashed relegated Norwich 5-0.
All the matches on the final day were played out in empty stadiums due to the coronavirus lockdown, meaning fans of all the clubs involved could not experience the agony and ecstasy first hand.
The three-month pause in the season ensured the 2019-20 campaign finished later than any other and next season will start more than a month later than normal, in September.